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Boulder Named Best City in U.S. for Bikes


From bike safety to path connectivity and more, Boulder is No. 1 in 2019 according to PeopleForBikes

Exciting news has rolled in: Boulder was named the top city for bikes in the 2019 PlacesForBikes City Ratings!

Boulder ranked No. 1 out of more than 500 communities around the country, earning high marks for its bicycle network in the five scoring areas:

  • Ridership
  • Safety
  • Network (how well the bike network connects people to destinations)
  • Reach (how well the bike network serves everyone equally)
  • Acceleration (the city’s commitment to growing bicycling quickly)

“The City Ratings highlights the hard work of Boulder to create places to bike that are safe and easily connect people to destinations all around the city,” said Tim Blumenthal, president of PeopleForBikes, which conducts the ratings. “We hope the city will use this data to continue expanding their bike network to provide even better bike riding experiences.”

Boulder’s bike system received recongition for its innovative overpasses, underpasses and off-street bike paths, which provide travel routes for bicyclists and pedestrians that are protected from traffic.

The city received the top overall score of 3.7 out of 5, with a particularly high rating for how well our bike network connects people to destinations.

The category ratings also highlight areas for improvement, such as in the safety category. The city's Transportation Division is currently working on the 2019 Safe Streets Report, which will identify opportunities for safety improvements to our transportation system to help our community achieve its Vision Zero goals.

In addition, staff is drafting the Low-Stress Walk and Bike Network Plan, which will help staff zero in on areas where safety improvements and expanded bicycle connections can help more people feel confident and comfortable walking and bicycling around Boulder.

 “The City of Boulder has been developing its bicycle network for over five decades and has made great strides in making Boulder one of the most bicycle-friendly communities in the U.S.,” said Senior Transportation Planner David “DK” Kemp in an interview with PeopleForBikes.  “The work continues to this day, as we refine the seamless integration between on our and off-street bike network and strive to help cyclists feel more comfortable on all types of trips.”

Learn more about Boulder’s rating or check out our bike maps and routes.